By J. Fred Sidhu, special to USTA.com
Tucson, Ariz. – It was quite an opening day at the 2012 USTA League 2.5, 7.0, 9.0 Mixed Doubles National Championships at the El conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort, as there was a bit of early-morning rain, a mix of sun and clouds and persistent winds.
Despite the stormy conditions, players battled through and played some entertaining tennis throughout the day, as many teams are still in contention to reach the 7.0 semifinals, which are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, with the 9.0 semifinals at 8 a.m. on Sunday.
Here is a summary of today’s action:
A showdown between two unbeaten teams in the 2.5 Mixed Doubles will be played at 8 a.m. (MST) on Saturday, as the Caribbean Section (4-0) plays the Northern California Section (4-0). The Caribbean Section has dominated the competition, as they have won all six of their individual matches without the loss of a set. The result will have a large impact on who will be crowned the 2.5 Champion on Sunday.
In 7.0 Mixed Doubles action, Northern California (2-0) is in first place in Flight 1 and could clinch a spot in Saturday afternoon’s semifinals if they defeat the Northern Section (1-1) in a match scheduled for 8 a.m. (MST) on Saturday.
The Mid-Atlantic Section (2-0) sits at the top of 7.0 Flight 2 standings. They will face Intermountain (1-1) at 9:30 a.m. (MST) with an opportunity to advance to the semifinals.
Middle States (2-0) and Southwest (2-0) are tied for first place in 7.0 Flight 3. They will meet at 9:30 a.m. (MST) in a head-to-head match, with the winner securing a semifinal spot.
The Caribbean Section (2-0) can wrap up first place in 7.0 Flight 4 and a place in the semifinals if they can get past Florida in a match scheduled at 9:30 a.m. (MST).
In 9.0 Mixed Doubles action, Texas leads Flight 5 with a 2-0 record. They will play Northern California (0-2) and Florida (1-1) on Saturday.
The Eastern Section (2-0) is in first place in 9.0 Flight 6. They must face Northern (1-1) and Middle States (1-1) on Saturday.
In the closest race in the 9.0 division, Pacific Northwest and Mid-Atlantic are tied for first in Flight 7 at 2-0. They will face each other in a key match at 8 a.m. (MST). Later in the day, Pacific Northwest will conclude flight play against Intermountain (1-1), while Mid-Atlantic will finish flight play vs. Hawaii (0-2).
The 9.0 semifinals will take place at 8 a.m. (MST) on Sunday.
7.0 Mixed Doubles Standings:
Northern California (Folsom, Calif.), 2-0
Texas (Dallas, Texas), 1-1
Northern (Rochester, Minn.), 1-1
Southern California (Fullerton, Calif.), 0-2
Mid-Atlantic (Rockville, Md.), 2-0
Pacific Northwest (Mill Creek, Wash.), 1-1
Intermountain (Boise, Idaho), 1-1
New England (Haverhill, Mass.), 0-2
Middle States (Basking Ridge, N.J.), 2-0
Southwest (El Paso, Texas), 2-0
Missouri Valley (Des Moines, Iowa), 0-2
Hawaii (Maui, Hawaii), 0-2
Caribbean (San Juan, P.R.), 2-0
Southern (Knoxville, Tenn.), 1-1
Florida (Tallahassee, Fla.), 1-1
Midwest (Muncie, Ind.), 0-2
9.0 Mixed Doubles Standings:
Texas (Houston, Texas), 2-0
Midwest (Stow, Ohio), 1-1
Southern (Charleston, S.C.), 1-1
Florida (South Miami Dade, Fla.), 1-1
Northern California (Danville, Calif.), 0-2
Eastern (Rye, N.Y.), 2-0
Northern (Minneapolis, Minn.), 1-1
Southern California (Upland, Calif.), 1-1
Middle States (Skillman, N.J.), 1-1
New England (Manchester, N.H.), 0-2
Pacific Northwest (Seattle, Wash.), 2-0
Mid-Atlantic (Annapolis, Md.), 2-0
Intermountain (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 2-2
Southwest (Phoenix, Ariz.), 0-2
Hawaii (Maui, Hawaii), 0-2
2.5 Mixed Doubles Standings:
Caribbean (San Lorenzo, P.R.), 2-0
Northern California (Oakland, Calif.), 2-0
Mid-Atlantic (Columbia, Md.), 1-1
Florida (Ocala, Fla.), 1-1
Southern (Mandeville, La.), 0-2
Midwest (Grosse Pointe, Mich.), 0-2